A lot of people work on their garden to relax. A lot of gardeners ask questions like what kind of equipment they should buy, what kind of soil should they purchase, or when they should plant seeds. This article provides key tips for gardening aficionados.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Remove any weeds, and break the soil up into a fine tilth. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Water the soil until it is saturated. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
It is important that you give your plants the chance to gradually adjust to the change in temperature and conditions, or you risk shocking them. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. No need to worry if a bush or tree is in the way, as climbers can grow through them. Also, they can match the shape of an arbor. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You can put something over the soil which surrounds the plants which has a bad smell to cats to deter them.
Make a plan for your garden. Having a planting plan will help you correctly identify the young plants once they start to sprout. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
If you are planning on growing peas, begin the plantings inside instead of outside. By initially planting them indoors, the seeds tend to germinate better. This will also make the seedlings hardier, which will help them resist diseases and pests. Once the seedlings have become hardy enough to survive, you can transplant them to your outdoor garden.
When landscaping and gardening in autumn, choose plants and trees with vibrant colors. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be. The autumn season can be one of the best growing seasons and is certainly the most colorful. Fall hues of orange, yellow and red can be seen falling from maple trees, and dogwoods and beech trees offer comparable spectacles. Add even more color to your garden by planting shrubs such as hydrangea, barberry or cotoneaster.
To defend your garden from errant dogs, spray something with a strong scent, including aftershave or old perfume around the perimeter of the garden. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.
You should teach your children how to garden alongside you. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
If you want to get children in on the fun, plant a few strawberries, everbearing if possible. Children love to snap up these sweet juicy fruits for themselves and will be much more willing to eat other foods you’ve planted as well.
As said previously, gardening can be rewarding if you are knowledgeable about the subject. Create aromatic flowers, delicious vegetables, sweet fruit and lush foliage with a relaxing, enjoyable hobby. Apply some of the tips you just read and, in no time, you’ll be amazed at what you can with your garden.